The World of Myth: An Anthology
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Since its publication in 1991, The World of Myth has provided thousands of students with a fascinating, wide-ranging introduction to world mythology. Building on the bestselling tradition of the first edition, the long-awaited second edition offers a uniquely comprehensive collection of myths from numerous cultures around the globe. Featuring a thematic organization, it helps students understand world mythology as a metaphor for humanity's search for meaning in a complex world. Author David Leeming presents a sweeping variety of myths whose origins range from ancient Egypt and Greece to the Polynesian islands and modern science. Students will be captivated by stories of great floods from the ancient Babylonians, Hebrews, Chinese, and Mayans; tales of apocalypse from India, the Norse, Christianity, and modern science; myths of the mother goddess from Native American Hopi culture and James Lovelock's Gaia; and much more. One of the most wide-ranging anthologies available, this volume includes myths from African, Australian Aboriginal, Aztec, Celtic, Chinese, Greek, Hittite, Japanese, Muslim, and Persian cultures.
it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. 6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. THE CREATION 27 7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. 8 11 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground made the Lord God to
shaped them and laid them aside—but they breathed not nor moved. "We must do something about this," said Tawa. "It is not good that they lie thus still and quiet. Each thing that has a form must also have a spirit. So now, my beloved, we must make a mighty Magic." They laid a white blanket over the many figures, a cunningly woven woolen blanket, fleecy as a cloud, and made a mighty incantation over it, and soon the figures stirred and breathed. "Now, let us make ones like unto you and me, so that
height of it thirty cubits. 16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it. 17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. Genesis 6-9. THE FLOOD 49 18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and
POPOL-VI/H, 60 * Bibliography, 62 xii CONTENTS The Afterlife, 64 * The Afterlife Stories, 65 EGYPTIAN: OSIRIS, 65 GRECO-ROMAN: LANDS OF THE DEAD, 67 JUDEO-CHRISTIAN: HELL, PURGATORY, HEAVEN, 68 MUSLIM: HELL AND HEAVEN IN THE KORAN, 68 BUDDHIST: THE PURE LAND, 69 HOPi: THE KACHINAS, 72 * Bibliography, 75 The Apocalypse, 76 * The Apocalypse Stories, 77 HEBREW: THE DAY OF YAHWEH, 77 CHRISTIAN: ST. JOHN'S BOOK OF REVELATION, 79 INDIAN: THE END OF THE KALI AGE, 81 HOPi: EMERGENCE TO THE
(two hearts signifying falseness—a deviation from singleheartedness) where evil people go. t The San Francisco Peaks stand north of Flagstaff, Arizona, and for many centuries they have been the most sacred places known to the Hopis, except parts of the Grand Canyon. Within the San Francisco Peaks, the kachinas* live. They have a very beautiful world. The corn grows thickly every year; the squashes and melons grow at every joint of the vines; nobody knows how many different kinds of beans the